Australia's Minjee Lee on the 18th green during day one of the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham, England, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Minjee Lee shoots 7-under 65, leads Women's British Open

August 02, 2018 - 2:03 pm

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — The big thing missing for Minjee Lee in her impressive season is a strong performance at a major championship.

She might get it at the Women's British Open.

The No. 8-ranked Australian shot a 7-under 65, including a right-to-left putt for eagle from 25 feet on the par-5 15th hole, to lead by one stroke after the first round at Royal Lytham on Thursday.

Mamiko Higa was a shot behind after a 66, while five players — Georgia Hall, Teresa Lu, Park Sung-hyun, Lee Mi-hyang and Pornanong Phatlum — were a further stroke back on a day that started with showers and a breeze before brightening up.

Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn bounced back from a double-bogey 6 at the second hole to shoot 71. Second-ranked Inbee Park dropped four shots in her first five holes in a 76.

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